Prep 4 hrs
Cook 0 mins
I made this last night for dinner from In Touch mag. It is from a New York City restaurant "Cipriani". Bolognese Meat Sauce A ragù is a meat sauce that is usually made with beef or veal, but can also be made from chicken, duckling, turkey, rabbit, or lamb. Traditionally ragù was made only at home, and every self-respecting Italian housewife would start cooking her ragù early in the morning and let it cook very slowly for at least 4 hours. Naples is particularly famous for its ragù. It is very rare to find a restaurant that serves a good ragù. The ragù takes a long time to make, but it should be eaten within a few hours. Unfortunately many restaurants like to keep their ragù on band for days at a time. Ragù - sometimes called Bolognese Sauce - is good with any pasta, but I think fusilli are best.
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 1 celery rib
- 1 small onion
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil (125 ml)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 lb ground veal (450 ml)
- 1⁄2 cup tomato paste (125 ml)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine (125 ml)
- 1 quart chicken stock (1 liter) or 1 quart veal stock (1 liter)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs flat leaf parsley, tied in cheesecloth
- Chop the carrot, celery, and onion in a food processor fitted with the steel blade or by hand.
- Heat half the oil in a skillet, add the chopped vegetables, and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a separate large skillet heat the remaining oil over medium heat.
- Add the garlic, let it cook until golden, about 30 seconds, and discard it.
- Add the ground veal and stir to break up the meat.
- Cook the meat, stirring frequently, until it is evenlv browned - about 10 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, stirring until blended, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Then raise the heat, add the white wine, let it boil until it is almost all evaporated, and stir in the stock, salt, pepper, and bouquet garni, scraping up the brown hits from the bottom of the pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring from time to time. If the sauce reduces too fast, lower the heat and add a few spoonfuls of stock or water. The sauce should not be too thick; it should pour from the spoon when it's done.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Note:If you would like a little more kick add some fresh basil & crushed red pepper.